Who says calendar models have to be young?
Not the folks at the Mascoutah Senior Center who have produced a 2014 calendar featuring mature models.
Mature, like Mascoutah Mayor Gerald Daughtery, who at age 74 shows off his biceps, manly chest and shapely legs behind a sign proclaiming that he hearts Mascoutah.
Sandra Hakanson, director of the Mascoutah Senior Services Program and a calendar girl herself, said the calendar provides "A look at the love, fun and dignity still inherent in those of us 60 and a tad older."
She said the calendar has already proven more popular than they expected. They sold their entire first printing of 250 copies at $20 per copy and have ordered more.
"The mayor was one of the first to agree to do this," she said. "He kind of set the tone for the whole group.
"I think it has an attitude, but it is dignified. Everybody involved had fun."
The money raised will help pay for the center's programs and services.
"Our (calendar) was inspired by the Spengler calendar," she said, referring to a metro-east plumbing company which sent out a calendar featuring its own employees. "Ours is not quite so revealing."
There are a few shots with glimpses of cleavage, some well formed legs and a bit of bared skin. But there also are the cooks in their aprons in the center's kitchen, cooking up a bear.
Dick Sax is another model. He will turn 86 when his month, October, rolls around.
"86 is the new 60," it claims on his page where he is shown working out with a free weight.
He said people have asked him to autograph his page in their calendar.
Hakanson said photographers Angela and Jay Rue in Mascoutah did a great job of setting up and producing the pictures.
With 2014 already on the pages, the center is planning ahead.
"People are coming up and giving me ideas for what we can do next year," she said.
For more information or to order a calendar, you can call the center at 618-566-8758.
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